"and Father Conroy was helping Canon O'Hanlon at the altar, carrying things in and out with his eyes cast down." (U13.448)

The Very Rev. John Canon O'Hanlon (1821 - 1905) was Parish Priest of the Star of the Sea church for 25 years. He was born in Queen's Co, and educated there at Ballyroan and Carlow College. In 1842, he left for Canada and the USA, and was ordained in 1847. He returned to Ireland in 1853, and was assigned a curacy in SS. Michael and John (Lower Exchange street, Dublin). He wrote "Lives of the Irish Saints" and "Irish American History of the United States" (1903). He also started a history of Ireland, later completed (1907) by Father O'Leary.

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